Dave Anderson, Policy and Communications Manager
Dave has been working at the nexus of clean energy and public policy since 2008. Prior to joining the Energy and Policy Institute, he was an outreach coordinator for the climate and energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is also an alumnus of the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Climate Protection (now the Climate Reality Project).
Dave’s research has helped to spur investigations into political attacks on clean energy and climate science by powerful special interests, such as ExxonMobil and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). His work has been cited by major media outlets, such as CBS News and the Wall Street Journal, and he has served as a speaker on panels at national solar industry conferences.
Dave holds a MA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, where he also received a BA in Humanities.
Keriann Conroy, Research Associate
Keriann Conroy is the research associate for the Energy and Policy Institute. Keriann has worked as a community organizer with the #TriHarder campaign, focusing on local, electric cooperative board reform and Colorado state climate legislation. She served as a research associate for Sustainable Development Strategies Group, analyzing the financial responsibility of municipal electric utilities in coal plant decommissioning.
Keriann graduated from the Master in Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University in 2019. Her masters’ thesis researched the role of democratic, public participation in rural electric cooperatives and their generation and transmission providers. She has published writings on the Koch Brothers, the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Rural Electrification Act, and Tri-State Generation & Transmission.
Shelby Green, Research Fellow
Shelby Green is a Research Fellow at Essential Information, a non-profit dedicated to providing information to the public on important policy topics and encouraging public participation. She’s working with the Energy and Policy Institute to research how to use data and social media to openly track how utilities evade accountability and climate responsibility.
Her interest in open communication extends to her position as Supervisor for Leon County’s (FL) Soil and Water Conservation District, where she relies on citizen scientists and public data to monitor the health of local resources.
Matt Kasper, Deputy Director
Matt Kasper is the deputy director at the Energy and Policy Institute. Before joining the Energy and Policy Institute in 2014, Matt was a research assistant for the Energy and Environment Policy Team at the Center for American Progress where he worked on state and local policy issues. Matt was also a fellow for Organizing for America in Indiana, and he spent time working in Hartford, Connecticut for the state legislature.
A native of Illinois, Matt graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis.
David Pomerantz, Executive Director
David Pomerantz is the executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute.
Prior to joining EPI, David spent eight years working with Greenpeace to move the electric sector away from fossil fuel and towards renewable energy. As a senior climate and energy campaigner, David worked to push major internet technology companies, including Apple and Amazon, to power their data centers with 100% renewable energy. The campaign catalyzed hundreds of megawatts of new renewable energy development and helped to defend and expand renewable energy policies and investment in the United States and abroad.
In addition, David designed and implemented the communications strategy for Greenpeace’s work on electricity, leading to media coverage in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Wired Magazine. He also organized in communities in Ohio and New England for federal climate change and toxic chemical legislation. He previously worked as a reporter for newspapers in Boston and New York City.
Alissa Jean Schafer, Research and Communications Manager
Alissa Jean Schafer is a research and communications manager at the Energy and Policy Institute. She has been working in the policy and advocacy space since 2014, following several years of work in the building materials and solar industry. Most recently, Alissa was the solar and communications manager at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, managing many aspects of the statewide 2016 solar campaigns in Florida and working to advance good solar policy throughout the Southeast United States.
Alissa has a successful track record of working to effect change in the quest for climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is a recipient of the Solutions Project ONE100 award, serves on the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District, and is a board member for the Broward County Ruth’s List and Floridians for Lowered Energy Costs. Alissa is also a clean energy educator for Catalyst Miami, a consultant to many elected officials and candidates, and a former Sunshot Initiative coach for the Department of Energy.
Alissa holds a MS in Communication Science from Grand Valley State University in her home state of Michigan, along with her BS in Communications from Aquinas College. South Florida has been home since 2012.
Joe Smyth, Research and Communications Manager
Joe Smyth is a research and communications manager for the Energy and Policy Institute. He is a member-owner of an electric cooperative in Colorado and has investigated a variety of energy issues in the West, including the federal coal program, restrictions on distributed renewable energy development, and electric cooperatives.
Charlie Spatz, Research Manager
Charlie Spatz is a research manager at the Energy and Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, Charlie was a researcher for the Climate Investigations Center where he uncovered thousands of records documenting how gas utilities undermine climate solutions at the local, state and federal levels of government. His research can be found in dozens of new outlets, including National Public Radio, Associated Press, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Vox.
Charlie has campaigned on climate and energy issues since 2014, which includes work with Greenpeace USA and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He currently lives in Portland, Maine.
Daniel Tait, Research and Communications Manager
Daniel Tait is a research and communication manager for the Energy and Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, he was CEO of Energy Alabama, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accelerating Alabama’s transition to sustainable energy through education, advocacy, and technical assistance.
Daniel has worked in sustainable energy since 2011 when a tornado outbreak in North Alabama motivated him to get involved with local efforts to build a more resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure. Since 2011, Daniel has upgraded more than 7 million square feet of residential building space to make it more energy efficient, saving $1.5 million in energy costs. He is also responsible for more than 20 million square feet of commercial building space committing to save 20% of their energy consumption and more than 1 megawatt of solar development in North Alabama.
Daniel was named the 2015 International Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers and acts as Treasurer of the Association of Energy Engineers, Huntsville Chapter.
Daniel is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Connect Program, Class 15 and the Alabama Leadership Initiative, class of 2016. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in International Trade and Foreign Language and resides in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife and two children.
Itai Vardi, Research and Communications Manager
Itai Vardi is a research and communications manager at the Energy and Policy Institute. Prior to joining the Energy and Policy Institute, he was an investigative journalist focusing on the fossil fuel industry and utilities, climate change denial and industry front groups, money in politics, and regulatory capture. His work appeared in such outlets as The Guardian, Huffington Post, DeSmog, and Mother Jones.
Itai also has a background in academia, where he conducted research and taught courses on the sociology of technology, social problems, and race & power. He has a MA in sociology from Tel Aviv University and a PhD in sociology from Boston University.
Karlee Weinmann, Research and Communications Manager
Karlee Weinmann is a research and communications manager for the Energy and Policy Institute. In her previous role at the City of Minneapolis, she focused on climate and land use policy and led development of nationally recognized ordinances that increase transparency of home energy costs. Karlee was also a researcher for the Energy Democracy Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and, before that, a reporter covering Wall Street dealmaking for a legal newswire. She lives in Minneapolis.